Disgraced ex-doctor charged in 1988 cold case murder

A former doctor in Texas is now facing capital murder charges after a woman who was raped and strangled during an attack three decades ago died earlier this year, prosecutors said.

George Guo, 56, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the June 1988 sexual assault of Dr. Katherine Bascone, who was left blind, unable to control her limbs and confined to a bed after suffering an anoxic brain injury at just 28 years old, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced Wednesday. In February, Bascone died at a hospice in Oklahoma as a result of the brain injury and her death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner in Tulsa.

Guo, a registered sex offender, was linked to the brutal attack in Highland Park through DNA testing funded by the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) federal grant, according to the district attorney’s office.

“It is cold cases such as this that reminds us how fortunate we are to have the federal SAKI grant,” Johnson said in a statement obtained by The Post. “It affords us the opportunity to investigate and vigorously prosecute cases that would otherwise remain unsolved.”

Guo, who graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was convicted of burglary in 1991 after breaking into an apartment in Highland Park, where he sought to sexually assault a 19-year-old student at South Methodist University, court records show.

The attack was thwarted by officers who broke down an apartment door and found the licensed medical doctor inside with a ski mask, pepper spray, a glass cutter, condoms and syringes filled with hospital-grade sedatives, according to the district attorney’s office.

Guo was later released on probation after being sentenced to eight years in prison, according to prison records cited by the Dallas Morning News.

Guo was then caught in 1999 breaking into a home where a teen lived with the intention of committing sexual assault. He was later convicted of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released in 2013 and registered as a sex offender, prison records show.

Guo, whose medical license was revoked after his first conviction, remained in custody at a Dallas County jail as of Thursday afternoon on $5 million bond. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

If convicted, Guo faces life in prison without the possibility of parole and could face the death penalty, prosecutors said.

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